Duke coach Cutcliffe signs extension

Updated: December 21, 2008, 1:26 PM ET
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Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe has agreed to an extension through 2015.

"Coach Cutcliffe has clearly established himself as an elite player within the entire college football coaching community," Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White said in a press release Sunday. "David has hired a phenomenal staff, and the efforts of the coaches have already paid dividends both on and off the field."

Cutcliffe led Duke to a 4-8 record this season, equaling the school's win total from the past four seasons combined. Under Cutcliffe's direction, quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, wide receiver Eron Riley, and defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase were selected for the All-ACC teams and linebacker Michael Tauiliil was selected to the AP All-America team.

"I am grateful to Dr. Brodhead and Kevin for their confidence in our staff as we build on something really special here at Duke," Cutcliffe said. "As I have said many times over the past year, Duke is a fantastic place with outstanding people, and we are thrilled to be a part of this institution."

Cutcliffe arrived at Duke a year ago after spending two seasons as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee.

Terms of the deal were not released.